- Ghana’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt. General Akwa is set to retire on Saturday, June 2020
- But President Akufo-Addo has given him a contract extension to January 2021
- He joined the army in October 1975
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has given his Chief of Defence Staff, (CDS) Lieutenant General OB Akwa, a contract extension.
Ghana's CDS is due to go on retirement on June 20, 2020, but Akufo-Addo has extended his contract to January 2021.
Ghana's mandatory retirement age is 65 and Lt. Gen. Akwa turns 65 years old over the coming weekend.
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He was born June 20, 1955.
Lt. General Akwa joined Ghana Army in October 1975.
He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 24 March 1977 and was first posted to the 1st Battalion of Infantry, as a Platoon Commander.
He was appointed Chief of Army Staff on July 1, 2016, by the President John Dramani Mahama.
Before that, he was the Commandant of Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.
In February 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed him as Major General Akwa, Chief of Army Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces.
He was promoted to become the CDS by Akufo-Addo.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghana’s military has been ranked as the 106th strongest globally on a ranking of 138 countries.
Ghana moved up two places in the latest ranking.
The data was in the Global Firepower ranking 2020. The ranking used 50 factors to determine a country’s power index score.
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Source: Yen Ghana